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Don't forget the Olympic coverage begins today on BBC One at 1pm.

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Hello and welcome to our Sunday morning edition of The Papers.

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With me are Political Commentator Vincent Moss, and Prashant Rao,

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Deputy Europe Business Editor from the International

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The first day of Olympic action features on most of the front pages.

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The Telegraph has an image of British swimmer Adam Peaty

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who has broken the world record in the 100m breaststroke.

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And it's lead story says the Prime Minister will launch

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The Observer also has a photograph of swimmer Adam Peaty but leads

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on a warning from scientists that a key climate target may be missed.

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The Sunday Times says the Rio Olympics has been rocked

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by a new doping scandal involving a Kenyan official.

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The Independent speculates that the Russian team

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will be completely banned from the Paralympics -

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a decision we are expecting this afternoon.

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And it carries a picture of a Syrian refugee competing in Rio.

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The Sunday Express leads on fracking, reporting that

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according to a consultation due out tomorrow as much as ?10,000 could be

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And the Mail on Sunday has the same story, saying the Prime Minister

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is planning cash pay-outs to families, marking

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a departure in approach from the previous government.

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So let's begin with fracking. The mail on Sunday has, will you hit the

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frat pot? Stunning pay-out to families in fracking areas. And it

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has Theresa May's cash pay-outs. This is an interesting story. It's a

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great headline, "Frackpot". It's important for Theresa May to be

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spelling out what she's doing an energy policy particularly with the

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hiatus of Hinkley Point and the nuclear drive. What's happened is

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the government are trying to spell out that to try and ease some of the

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residential fears of people who live near the sites, not the dangers but

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this anti-nimbyism view, instead of the money going to councils, it

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could go direct to householders. David Cameron said in 2014 it would

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go to community projects, Theresa May said instead it will go directly

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to households. If you live near one of the sites you could get up to

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?13,000, says The Mail. Inside The Mail it looks that certain areas

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such as Manchester where you may only get ?1000, it really is a

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postcode lottery. It reminds us that we have got a new government. We are

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finding out new things and new policies. Exactly. This is Theresa

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May's theoretically going to make this policy announcement soon. We

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are learning things about how we'd would have lent in a leadership

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election but we didn't have a leadership election for the Tory

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party. She sent a lot of time at the Home Office but that was a focused

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portfolio. It's interesting to find out things now. The United States is

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obviously a much bigger country but is there the same kind of green

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anti-fracking protests, and does paying money to local people help

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ameliorate that? To a certain extent it does. The Mail refers to this

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about the fact that in the United States, it has changed the debate on

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fracking. There are also environmental concerns about

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providing money to households, which lessens the opposition. It has

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changed the debate in the United States where fracking is a bigger

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provider of energy. Let's move on to The Sunday Telegraph. It's got May

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to lift ban on grammar schools to promote social mobility, that is

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their take on the story. This has been talked about, the Conservatives

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have said this for a long time. The catch is, if you have selection

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there is always winners and losers. Some people go to excellent grammar

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schools, under the old system some people went to secondary moderns

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which weren't very good. A lot of this is about investment. The world

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has changed, it is a hugely popular issue among conservatives grass

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roots. We live in a different world to when these schools were hugely

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popular and very successful, certainly by those who benefited by

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them. In areas like Kent where you have a lot of these schools,

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families move into the area inflating house prices, they also

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get private tutors to make sure they pass the relevant exams. There is an

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argument that to expand grammar schools now we'll just entrenched

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that elitist role rather than benefit the people who most need it

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which are bright children from disadvantaged families. Unless there

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is an element that guarantees people from less well-off backgrounds can

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go to the schools I think it's hugely problematic. Theresa May as a

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very small majority, is hugely popular amongst Conservative MPs,

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but whether in fact she would need a new law and whether a majority of 12

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would be enough to get that through Parliament is a big question. One of

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the arguments in favour of grammar schools is that for those lucky

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enough to go to them, they are an engine of social mobility. They have

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helped people get on, get into parliament and even become Prime

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Minister. Theresa May went to a grammar school. She alluded to this

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in her first speech, she talked about trying to help the less well

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off, consideration for people to move them up the social chain. It is

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interesting now we are learning about Theresa May bits and bobs

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about what she believes in which is kind of interesting how it's coming

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out. It is. One story which fascinates people around the world,

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a good take on this is inside The Sunday Telegraph. Trump's Beek of

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calamities may finally be his downfall, I wouldn't hold my breath

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to be honest -- trump's week of calamities. He still seems to be the

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Republican nominee, what do you make of that Prashant? It is dangerous to

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suggest this might be the week that is the end of Donald Trump. That may

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have been last week, the week before or the week before that. Or next

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week. It's so hard to tell. What further calamities can befall his

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campaign, we don't know but he still soldiers on. It's amazing. These

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ones are just in a nutshell, he didn't endorse the leading

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Republican in the country, the Speaker of the House of

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Representatives for real election. He did endorse him, then there were

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comments he made about the family of a Muslim service man killed in

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action. Along with the comments it is the intransigence in the face of

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the opposition to the comments and the refusal to back down. When

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you... When you put it in a list of things that have happened, it is

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kind of remarkable. There was a great list I read which is Donald

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Trump got into a feud with a crying baby. It's got incredible at this

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point. Politicians are supposed to kiss babies! LAUGHTER The Telegraph

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talks about women in his top teen comedy any person he mentions is his

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daughter Ivanka and he didn't seem to be aware of Russia had taken over

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the Crimean peninsula. He said Russia wouldn't be invading the

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Ukraine any time soon! Apart from the fact as journalists this is the

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gift that keeps on giving, Gerald Ford years ago when talking about

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Poland and not knowing it was a member of the Warsaw Pact, that

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seemed to finish him. He is the Energizer Bunny, he keeps going.

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There is a view in the world now that, I don't care what the papers

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say or the BBC says, we've got our view and if we like them, there's

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nothing you can say, it's all a conspiracy, and I'm sure he didn't

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mean that! If you like Donald Trump they really like Donald Trump in the

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United States. He has still got a huge residual support. On that note,

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let's move on to the Olympics. Adam Peaty, it's great that he beat his

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own world record. He hasn't won the medal yet, we hate later today he

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might. Endless fascination with this. -- we hope later today he

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might. It's great what he's done. From my perspective, because of all

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the things happening in Rio and around the world it's not as

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enthusiastic a time to be excited about the Olympics. The

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infrastructure problems, the chaos in Brazilian politics and the

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craziness in the world generally, I feel like this Olympics is not the

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kind of... Let me go on the others. The Observer has got "Russia faces

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ban from the Paralympics" and The Sunday Times has got an excellent

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story, Rio Olympics rocked by new doping scandal. That's part of it.

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The Olympics brand, however much we enjoyed the Games, we want to see

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athletes compete fairly and we wanted to be clean. We get endless

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stories, The Sunday Times has great journalism on this. So many people

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cheat but we can't take on face value but the winners are the best?

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That is a problem. One of the any ways around that is to see a massive

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expansion of testing and where everyone who wins a medal gets

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tested immediately so you know all the winners are clean. The Sunday

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Times has returned a lot of great work on this in the past and it's

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gone to a Kenyan official called Major Michael Rotich, a sting when

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they have asked him if he would introduce us to people who can get

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surround doping rules. Apparently for ?10,000 he said he would do

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that. He he was only playing along but it looks like serious

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allegations and a huge potential for corruption. One of the problems the

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paper 's face is because of the time difference, we four hours ahead,

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it's difficult for them to look current on the Olympics in the way

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the BBC can. Because the deadlines of papers tend to be temp Yemen on a

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Saturday night, maybe midnight. A lot of the big events happen at 2am.

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A lot of the Sunday papers have lots of big pieces on the opening

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ceremony which seems like a long time ago! It seems like ancient

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history! Wythall sport now, with Lance Armstrong and cycling, with

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Fifa, and now we've got this. We want sport to be clean and we want

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to believe in something good. The Sunday Times has an editorial, 2016

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the year of the doping Olympics. What is normally a really wonderful

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sporting event where everyone gets very excited and lots of emotional

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things happen, it doesn't feel like this is going to happen this year.

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It feels like everything will be a bit tainted by the idea that are

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these guys clean. Especially when you know a lot of them aren't clean

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and what they have to give up in order to do this, is extraordinary.

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The dedication of someone like Peaty to set a world record is

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extraordinary. Equally extraordinary is the idea he just gave a thumbs

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up. He clearly expects to do a lot better than this and probably break

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the world record again. His family sounded incredibly grounded. His

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father said Sheffield was the furthest he's been, and suddenly

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he's in Rio watching his son. We tend to judge this through the prism

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of British success. British people do really well, fantastic. If they

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do less well, I suspect will be less interested! LAUGHTER Fingers crossed

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for Adam Peaty. Thanks to Vincent Moss

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and Prashant Rao. Just a reminder we take a look

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at tomorrows front pages every evening at 10:30 and 11:30

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here on BBC News.

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